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Air Experience Flight

01 Jun 2018

Before the break, the Year 10 RAF cadets had the chance to fly with the best – RAF pilots.

Air Experience Flight (AEF) instructors are all current or former RAF service pilots who volunteer to pass on their knowledge and enthusiasm for flying to cadets. Flying takes place at RAF Leeming and cadets are shown how the aircraft flies and given the chance to take control and experience aerobatics. The views of North Yorkshire from 3,000ft are stunning!

RAF cadets get the opportunity to have a flight each term (weather permitting). They join a long list of cadets going back over 50 years, including royalty, who have benefitted from this fantastic experience. The first AEFs were formed in 1958 and flew the classic DeHavilland Chipmunk which served faithfully for almost 40 years until it was replaced by the Scottish Aviation Bulldog. Recently, it’s the Grob Tutor that has become the aircraft of choice. It has great visibility from its large canopy and is agile enough to allow it to perform full aerobatics. Cadets soon feel right at home in the Tutor and hungry for more flight time!